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The men who worked British Columbia's mines have passed into history. Coal Dust In My Blood is a moving account of one coal miner's life, in plain, evocative language. But this book is much more than a personal memoir. Bill Johnstone's mining career spanned several decades and he worked in a wide variety of positions. His broad insights reveal important aspects of the hist The men who worked British Columbia's mines have passed into history. Coal Dust In My Blood is a moving account of one coal miner's life, in plain, evocative language. But this book is much more than a personal memoir. Bill Johnstone's mining career spanned several decades and he worked in a wide variety of positions. His broad insights reveal important aspects of the history of coal mining in BC. "Many British Columbians could take a chapter from this book and call it their own story. Immigration, the depression years, or most significantly, the life in the mines were experienced by many residents of this province." - Robert D. Turner, from the


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The men who worked British Columbia's mines have passed into history. Coal Dust In My Blood is a moving account of one coal miner's life, in plain, evocative language. But this book is much more than a personal memoir. Bill Johnstone's mining career spanned several decades and he worked in a wide variety of positions. His broad insights reveal important aspects of the hist The men who worked British Columbia's mines have passed into history. Coal Dust In My Blood is a moving account of one coal miner's life, in plain, evocative language. But this book is much more than a personal memoir. Bill Johnstone's mining career spanned several decades and he worked in a wide variety of positions. His broad insights reveal important aspects of the history of coal mining in BC. "Many British Columbians could take a chapter from this book and call it their own story. Immigration, the depression years, or most significantly, the life in the mines were experienced by many residents of this province." - Robert D. Turner, from the

6 review for Coal Dust in My Blood: The Autobiography of a Coal Miner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    The author went down the mine in Hartford Northumberland in 1924 at age 16. I initially wanted to read this for the sake of my grandfather who was born into a mining family in Old Monkland just south of Glasgow. The narration was quite gripping and gave clear pictures of life in a northern mining town. He was a full generation later than grandpa but I can certainly understand why our family left Scotland for Nova Scotia. Mr. Johnstone describes the conditions of the post WWI years that led to th The author went down the mine in Hartford Northumberland in 1924 at age 16. I initially wanted to read this for the sake of my grandfather who was born into a mining family in Old Monkland just south of Glasgow. The narration was quite gripping and gave clear pictures of life in a northern mining town. He was a full generation later than grandpa but I can certainly understand why our family left Scotland for Nova Scotia. Mr. Johnstone describes the conditions of the post WWI years that led to the general strike of 1926 in such a way that you can feel the inevitability of it and understand why he decided to up stakes and go to Canada under a Hudson Bay Co. settlement scheme. After a year or so doing farm work on the prairies he received word that his father was bringing the family out under the promise of a quarter section of farmland. Aside from the fact that the father knew nothing about farming (not unusual in prairie settlers) the land that was given out was the leftovers from the previous generation's settlement and was worse than useless for grain production. The inevitable result was that the mining family went back to mining - in Nanaimo at what had been the Dunsmuir mines. Mr. Johnstone did correspondence courses and local training courses, was promoted and ended his career as district superintendent of mines for the company and the person in charge of finally shutting down the operation. He was observant and analytical so his writing about the industry is both interesting and useful to anyone wanting to learn about coal mining from the inside. An excellent piece of writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marquis Morasky-whetstone

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